Kuma’s Great Adventures The family travels to Steamboat Springs Told by Kuma & Written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith The calendar may be flipping over to September and the beginning of fall, but we know better here in Phoenix, don’t we? We know it can stay hot, so we seek out cooler options. This past weekend I was nursing a sore paw, so my folks didn’t take me on any adventures. That gave me the opportunity to relive an adventure I think you might enjoy. I dreamt about a trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Have you been? It is a really neat town in the state’s northern section that sits at 6,700 feet and was founded in 1900. It is just under three hours’ drive from Denver. I was a younger pup when we went, and I was so excited to be staying at a hotel. Mom and dad were celebrating their anniversary, so we were staying over. I’m a pro now, but I was a little nervous about sleeping away from home back then. Mom and dad made everything comfy, and I got to eat lots of people food. I forgot all about home! The town is surrounded by beautiful mountains and has a wonderful river running through it. Steamboat Springs is known for great fishing and awesome skiing. We were
Kumar relives an adventure of when he was just a young pup. (Photos courtesy Lorraine Bossé-Smith)
doing neither this trip, but we did take the gondola to the top of the ski area to hike. We had to walk on these weird metal tracks that help the snow fall through in the winter. I didn’t like them, not one bit. Dad had to coach me on how to get across. I made it, phew. Then, we entered this elevator with windows. It moved fast and flew up to the top of the mountain. I was a little unsettled at first then enjoyed the views. Note: The gondola was closed this summer for repairs and prep for the 20192020 ski season. Should you go in the for the fall colors, check their website for availability and pricing. At the top, we could see Steamboat Springs and all the snow-capped peaks. Snow! You gotta love Colorado. The Rockies can get snow all year long, especially during a wet season. The grasses were tall and extremely green, especially compared to the desert. Temps were on the cool side, just how I like them. We took a scenic trail that overlooked the mountains and Steamboat Springs. It wasn’t a difficult trail, but oh so pretty. Several formal trails Kumar traveled to Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
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exist, but you can also just make your way around. We did a little bit of both. Thinking back, I didn’t know trails could be rocky and rough. I was spoiled back then because here in Phoenix, trails can be tough on the ol’ paws. Anyway, it was a fun day on top of the world. We took the gondola back down, ate dinner and slept soundly. Steamboat Springs is a wonderful place to visit. You’ll cool off, inhale some clean air and you might even see a moose! If you are a steaklover like me, try Eighth Street Steakhouse, formerly known as Boomerangs. You pick your own cut of meat and cook it up on the grill just the way you like it. Can’t get fresher than that! Kumaito (Kuma for short) is a multi-tan Shiba Inu, the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating and napping.
Lorraine Bossé-Smith is the founder of the FIT Leader Formula. She shares Kuma’s adventures. She is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, business consultant, executive coach, behavioral-wellness expert, and author of eight published books.